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Announcement All Pratt buildings are currently closed because of COVID-19, however remote and contact-free services are available.

Location Closure Hamilton Branch is closed for decontamination. Services at Hamilton Branch will resume on Friday, January 29. Learn more.


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Enoch Pratt Free Library volunteers are an integral part of the Library’s operation. Over 350 active volunteers help us carry out our mission to support, empower, and enrich our customers in the Central Library departments as well as the neighborhood branches. The Volunteer Services Office will strive to match your skills and interests to projects which suit your schedule, and assignments may be short-term or long-term.

Volunteer Benefits & Qualifications

By joining a community of passionate Pratt Library volunteers, you can serve your community by maintaining the Pratt Library collections and information resources. Volunteers also help to promote education and enrichment to the citizens of Baltimore.

Volunteers need to have an appreciation for books, the Library, and the many different Baltimore neighborhoods we serve, and a willingness to plan and maintain a schedule with your supervisor. Participation in the Volunteer Program is contingent upon the availability of volunteer positions. All candidates must fill out the Volunteer Application and Background Check form, and a successful background check result is mandatory.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. If you are under 18 please visit the Community Youth Corps Program.

On-Call Volunteer Corps

Do you want to volunteer but can’t make a regular commitment? Join the Volunteer Corps! The Corps go through the regular volunteer process but are contacted for special events and programs, which often fall on the weekends. Members of the Volunteer Corps must volunteer at least twice a year to remain an active volunteer.

Application Process

To apply please print, complete, and submit a Volunteer Application and Background Check form. These forms are also available at any of the branches. Your application can be submitted to the Volunteer Services Office of the Enoch Pratt Free Library by mail, fax, or in person at any of our branches. En Español: Aplicación de Voluntarios.

Applications are accepted at all times and will remain on file. Volunteer applicants will be contacted when a position opens that matches their ability, skills, and interests. If you would like to volunteer at one of the neighborhood branches, you are encouraged to contact the branch directly to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Please do not complete the application if you are interested in volunteering to fulfill community service hours as we do not offer this program. If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like an application mailed to you, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Pamela Potter-Hennessey at (410) 396-9940 or

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Community Youth Corps

The Community Youth Corps program is an opportunity for students to earn community service and internship hours through volunteering at the Pratt.

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Careers & Benefits

Learn more about working at the Pratt Library and browse job openings.